We all know that LeBron James is one of the greatest basketball players ever, but is he the greatest? In an interview to be aired next week, James himself has said that he feels he belongs in the list of greatest ever.
The interview conducted by former Heat guard Steve Smith, will be aired on NBA TV on Monday but the Miami Herald have leaked several key quotes from James including what he believes his place in history is.
James said that Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson would be on the 'Mount Rushmore of Basketball' as the four greatest players to have ever played. When asked if he was on there, James said:
"Yes, because I'll be one of the top four guys that every played this game, for sure. Someone's got to get bumped."
James also said that he felt that he had been passed over for NBA defensive player of the year:
“To be honest, I feel I’ve been snubbed two years in a row, and I’m serious. And that’s one selfish thing about me… I feel like I should have won it.”
In the interview, the four-time MVP talks about his rivalry with Kevin Durant, the favorite for the MVP crown this year:
"The way he plays the game every single night is very inspiring, and it’s motivating... The way he plays, just so joyous and happy, and it's like he's a kid back in Maryland. And I feel like when I'm on the floor, I'm a kid back in Akron.”